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Viewers respond to report on the risk of soccer concussions for kids

Viewers respond to a report examining whether soccer is safe, given the thousands of concussions that occur every year after kids use their heads to make contact with the ball. Hari Sreenivasan reports.

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    And now to Viewers Like You: Your feedback about some of our recent work.

    We heard from many of you about our report last night examining whether soccer is safe, given the thousands of concussions that occur every year after kids use their heads to make contact with the ball.

    Genevieve Salem wrote us: "This is ridiculous. The risks of playing soccer pale in comparison with sports like football or ice hockey."

  • Dorothy Cruse wrote:

    "All sports have some element of danger."

  • Guido Borgogoli asked:

    "Do you think they're worried about this in Argentina and Germany?"

    And Robert Eades had this to say: "Fear is no excuse not to let your child enjoy sports, as risk is part of life. Not living is worse on your soul."

    Kelly "Joslin" Wall talked about her family's experiences: "My son has played soccer since kindergarten, and is now a sophomore. His first concussion was four years ago, falling off a bike with a helmet on. The second concussion was this year in soccer. Went through the protocols and was cleared within two weeks. Things happen in sports and every day life."

    But Cassidy King disagreed, writing: "People who are saying, 'Get over it,' really don't understand the repercussions of concussions."

  • Cannw added this:

    "There are so many other ways to learn the value of hard work and teamwork. Another thought, how much of playing sports is actually driven by the parent rather than the child?"

    And Peter Yan added this: "Duh, heading the ball causes brain injury. The only reason it's considered different from other impacts to the head is the cultural acceptance."

  • Stinger suggested this:

    "For starters, ban heading the ball when the goalie punts it. The ball is traveling fast, and it's a useless header anyway. Rarely does someone actually head it to a teammate intentionally. Eventually, I think all heading will have to be banned."

    Finally Candid One said this: "As this segment so fairly depicts, there won't be an easy answer to these kinds of quandaries as we encounter them during parenthood."

    We welcome your feedback on our stories. Tell us what you think on Facebook, Twitter or on our website at newshour.pbs.org.

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